Lady Liquor: What gun owners (and the firearms lobby) can learn from drunks (and the liquor lobby)

I drink. I like to drink. I do it for a lot of reasons and I’m glad I have the right to do it. (The right to drink was actually never taken away from the public, but we’ll get to that in a minute.) I also grew up in a family in which some people abused alcohol. Most of the details of... Read more »

Lady Liquor: Staying Afloat at the Office Holiday Party

I’ve been the coworker who never missed a chance to drink with coworkers and I’ve been the one who hated my job so much that the last thing I wanted to do at the end of the day was spend more time with my coworkers. That turned out to be a mistake, though: at my first job out of... Read more »

Lady Liquor: Drinking Diaries and Women's Self-Judgment

At least half – if not two-thirds – of the essays in Drinking Diaries (a newly published book spawned by the blog of the same name) are downers. That stands to reason: alcohol is a... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Women in Country and the Construction of Femininity

There’s a script for women in commercial country music that doesn’t necessarily coincide with more mainstream stereotypes and assumptions about women. If you’ve ever heard Carrie Underwood’s ubiquitous 2007 single, “... Read more »

Party Out of Bounds: Booze, the Pleasure Principle, and Party-Girl Pop

America, it would seem, is on a bender. From the shot-fueled mayhem of Jersey Shore (the most popular show in MTV's history) to a special booze-themed episode of Glee, to the blog Texts From Last Night immortalizing those crucial missives sent while sloshed, there seems to be no way to slake... Read more »

Mad World: Absolut Commercials

When a conversation turns to branding (and don’t all of your conversations turn to branding?) the efforts of Absolut Vodka, the little alcohol company that could, are inevitably evoked. There’s good... Read more »

The Young and The Feckless: Mo' Education, Mo' Problems?

According to a study by the London School of Economics, British women with degrees are 86 percent more likely to drink frequently and to report having a drinking problem than those women without post-secondary education. The more education a woman has, the more likely she is to hit the bottle. As a... Read more »

Drinking Like Mad Women

In a world where feminism means a zillion different things to a zillion different people, there is really only one thing that it seems we feminists can agree on these days. That thing? That Mad Men is f#@$ing awesome. We love it. Feminist blogs... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Marketing Tucker Max

Whether it’s his offhand-way of dropping misogyny, his female-rating system that puts how-many-beers-til-she’s-hot-Yalies to shame, or... Read more »

When Mothers Hit the Bottle: reaching a gendered approach to alcoholism

A highly circulating AP article on the increasing number of women with DUI charges sends mixed messages about women who mix drinking and driving. In the wake of a... Read more »